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Windows 7: 2.4Ghz vs 5Ghz

13 Aug 2012   #1
NEPALII

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
2.4Ghz vs 5Ghz

I have recently acquired a faster USB adapter (NETGEAR N900) for my connection. I have a NETGEAR N600 router. I can choose from 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. My connection runs very well on 2.4Ghz, I have a limit speed of 144Mbps. However, with 5Ghz that limit is 300Mbps, which I thought it was great, but when I switched to 5Ghz I was only getting 54Mbps and weaker signal strength.

2.4 uses one channel, while 5 uses two channels. Could that be the problem? Again, I'm fine with the current 2.4, but I was just curious if there is a way to increase my speed. It's always nice to have faster internet


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13 Aug 2012   #2
Grego86

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I was researching this myself just this morning. Here's the link I read a comparison on the 2, hope it provides a little helpful info for ya.

Is 5 GHz Wi-Fi Wireless Computer Hardware Better than 2.4 GHz?
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13 Aug 2012   #3
NEPALII

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for clearing that up. Never thought that 2.4GHz could be as good as 5GHz or even better. Considering my range and router, it's better to leave it at 2.4GHz.
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13 Aug 2012   #4
Grego86

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Your very welcome. I had the same thought lol.
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14 Aug 2012   #5
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NEPALII View Post
I have recently acquired a faster USB adapter (NETGEAR N900) for my connection. I have a NETGEAR N600 router. I can choose from 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. My connection runs very well on 2.4Ghz, I have a limit speed of 144Mbps. However, with 5Ghz that limit is 300Mbps, which I thought it was great, but when I switched to 5Ghz I was only getting 54Mbps and weaker signal strength.

2.4 uses one channel, while 5 uses two channels. Could that be the problem? Again, I'm fine with the current 2.4, but I was just curious if there is a way to increase my speed. It's always nice to have faster internet
Actually there is an easy way to fix those slow connection speeds.

You have to use the 802.11n Only setting, you will see this setting on the routers set up page. Keep in mind that any clients with wireless G or below will not be able to connect if you are using this settings.

You also need to use WPA2 security with AES encryption as both of these are made to work at wireless N speeds.

2.4Ghz tends to work better when going through walls or obstructions where the 5Ghz setting has the potential for more bandwidth it doesn't perform as well when going through walls.

You will only see the full 300Mbps speed if you have 5 bars signal strength.
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